MN Millennial Farmer – a voice for an industry and generation

What can you do with broadband? Well if you’re a farmer with access to broadband in field, you can build up an audience and start to advocate for your industry and your generation. The Echo Press reports…

Each morning before the sun rises and each night after it sets, fifth-generation farmer Zach Johnson is hard at work. With more than 2,500 acres of soybeans and corn to tend to, the full-time farmer goes through his day-to-day routine each season.

What makes him different from the next farmer is he has a camera in his hands at all times.

Johnson has branded himself as the “MN Millennial Farmer” and holds a media presence that aspiring content creators would dream of having. He has more than 215,000 subscribers on YouTube and 53,000 followers on Instagram.

Why does he do it?

Some of the obstacles facing Johnson have been from people outside the farming community. With recent concerns about how farming could have a negative impact on the environment, farmers are getting backlash for what they are putting into the ground. He strived to take a stand. That’s when he became known as the “MN Millennial Farmer.”

“I wanted to stick up for farmers,” Johnson said passionately. “I’ve read so much negative stuff on farming. I would never say that everything we do is perfect or that farmers never do anything wrong, but if you’re worried about clean water, so am I.” …

Johnson is very passionate in his efforts to justify the work of farmers. His YouTube channel started as a way to educate not only the farming community about what he does and how he does it, but also teach people outside agriculture about the kind of life he leads.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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